The downside to this night's events was my seating. I'm not complaining at all. I was there and it was a sold out show. But unfortunately, I was in the very back rows of the venue and practically out where the people with cheaper lawn tickets were at. And it was raining. After moving 4 times between the Tower of Power concert (I didn't record) and The Steve Miller Band concert (I recorded on just one digital recorder), by the time Journey was about to come on I had moved up only one row from my seating and it worked great. I was very far back, but I was dead center of the stage too. And the recordings came out great and much better than I expected from where I was located.
(1) Equipment Used: (a) Zoom H4n digital audio recorder with a Sony ECM-917 external microphone, (b) Zoom H2 digital audio recorder (hanging on my chest with the great, built in stereo condenser microphones, and (c) my Canon SXIS30 camera (for a few pictures) > all audio recorded in 96 kHz/24 bit WAV audio and no EQ work has been done.
Source 1 Zoom H4n recorder with Sony ECM-917 microphone @ 96/24 WAV > 16 GB SD card > PC > CD Wave Editor (for track splitting/creating) > > AVS Audio Editor (to join "Anytime" split) > Audacity (to embed metadata/track titles and info and encode as FLAC...both a 96/24 & 44/16 version) > FLAC 6 >TLH (to check 44.1 kHz/16 bit version for SBE's and fix "Anytime" split removal by aligning on sector boundaries) > TLH (to recheck final projects were error free & create and verify md5 & ffp files) > you
Date: May 25th, 2014
Location: Dallas, Texas
Venue: Gexa Energy Pavilion
Source: AUD Master 96/24
Artwork: Yes (thanks goes to "tupchurch" for creating the artwork!)
Label: Bootradr Master
Title: Dallas' Sold Out Show!
Size: 2.98 GB
101. opening music
102. Be Good To Yourself
103. Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)
104. Anyway You Want It
105. Only The Young
106. The Star Spangled Banner (Neal Schon guitar version)
107. Stone In Love
108. Mother, Father
109. She's A Mystery
111. Jonathan Cain (Journey songs keyboard medley)
- When You Love A Woman
- Who's Crying Now
- Why Can't This Night Go On Forever
- Send Her My Love
- After All These Years
112. Open Arms
202. La Do Da
204. instrumental intro
205. Wheel In The Sky
207. Don't Stop Believin'
209. Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'
210. band introductions & goodnight
"Digital_Journey" 720p 16:9 Camera Video
1. Anyway You Want It
2. The Star Spangled Banner
3. Mother, Father
4. Jonathan Cain (Journey songs keyboard medley)
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(5) 2014-05-25 Dallas Source 1 96/24
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As my buddy, "Digital_Journey, his wife, and I got to the venue, the rain started coming down. My friend's wife had elected to just get a lawn seating ticket for herself because we had really never considered the rain possibility while my friend and I had gotten seating tickets (very early as they went on sale six months earlier too). After all, this was Journey's first show in the cooler part of any year since 1998 when they started touring and coming to Dallas again. In all of the past years the shows were between June and August when Texas seldom sees rain and the heat is high.
I went on in, got the checkpoint and ticket scan out of the way, and went to where my friend and I were going to be sitting. And as fate would have it, it was about two or three rows outside of where the roof covers you! I moved up as he was out in the lawn area with his wife and some other friends that had shown up. I had to keep my equipment dry.
I recorded all but the first song on The Steve Miller Band's set under the dryness of the roof (still way, way back). After the venue started filling up more and more, and after having to move a few times because ticket holders for the seats I was commandeering started showing up, I finally realized I was only going to get one row closer than I already was. I did my best to get behind someone not too tall so as to not have them blocking the microphone I was using on Source 1's recorder. And it wound up being a really good location for where I was able to be at.
"Digital_Journey" and his wife had meantime come across a couple leaving because a guy's wife had gotten sick. They gave their right side of the stage, Section 100, tickets to my friend and his wife. He came over and told me between the sets for The Steve Miller Band and Journey what had happened and he was going to go ahead and sit with his wife in their new seating. This enabled him to take some video in 720p from his camera (not a smart phone) and he recorded 4 songs I'm including as bonus material in this upload. I also used my camera but it was hard having two digital recorders, an external microphone, and a camera bag hanging off of me. I got a few good photos of Journey but due to their bright light show many didn't come out as I had hoped. The Steve Miller Band on the other hand, with a dark and starry background most of their show, made for some great shots. But since my priority was getting the best audio I could, I wasn't as concerned with the photography part knowing "Digital_Journey" was taking pictures. Unfortunately, his camera wasn't doing too good of a job on photographs (looked great on video though). However, he still got some good shots too and it was of a part of the stage I couldn't seem to capture (Neal Schon's side). So between the two cameras, there are some good photos I'm including too.
I'm really happy with the audio I got on both recorders. I was quiet surprised since I was so far back too. The one downside to a few songs is the (presumably drunk) guy who was a row or two up and to my left that decided he was Steve Perry/Arnel Pineda on a few songs and he thought so loudly too. It definitely doesn't ruin the show though. He sang not only out of key but out of sync too. He didn't really do it much until nearing the end of the second half of CD 2. Annoying, yes! But it's part of live performances recording too. Plus, a lot of others (the crowd) were singing along in tune as the band played those types of songs so he doesn't sound like he's just there yelling most of the time. I even tried blocking his vocals a little by using my body and the microphone position. I probably should've just let it go and did nothing.
My buddy "Tupchurch" created some artwork for the show using my ticket scan and some of the shots I'd taken at the show. So a huge "Thank you" goes to him for doing this! I'm including the 96/24 and 44/16 artwork both in each upload (Source 1 & Source 2). It may be later today or even another day or two before I can finish editing the 44.1 kHz/16 bit CD standard version I made from the 963 kHz/24 bit audio I recorded in and I upload it here. I figured I'd upload the best audio sample and bit rate version first. I plan on making a DVD-A of this uploaded material in the future, but that won't be for a while.
I also am interested in doing a matrix recording using both Source 1 and Source 2 audio. But I've never done this before, and again, it may be a while before that ever happens. If there is anyone interested in doing this as a project, let me know and I'd be happy to let you do it if you already know how.
Anyhow, that's the story and I hope you enjoy the concert...
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